A Week Off Social Media


I spent the last week on a ranch.

Turned off youtube, facebook, instagram, and sadly, even snapchat.

I needed to reassess the underlying reasons for my grind

Snorting lines of likes and injecting ego-stroking comments wouldn’t let me go to an honest place.

I came to some funny conclusions, which I will share in this post.

But first, a brief update:

Winning THE Reverse Bet

I published A Tale Of Motivation: Why I Am Risking My Entire Net Worth on January 5th where I forced myself to accomplish the following by July 7th:

  • Publish one blog post per week
  • Launch a fat loss workout product

Well, I have published an article per week.

And I will be releasing men’s and women’s 12 week fat loss programs in the coming days.

So, I am one empty netter away from the win.

I also officially finish training Gary on July 10th and have run out my apartment lease, which leaves me with way too much flexibility in my life.

Hence, the need for unhealthy doses of caffeine, long walks, breathing drills, and random songs on repeat this past week – a recipe for getting my head on straight – not unlike the night I became an entrepreneur 😉


What I Learned

Slay Fucking Dragons: The sound of my feet hitting the pavement was inaudible over the inspiring voice of comedian Bryan Callen in my head phones:

“If you are searching for status, and if you are doing things because there is an audience for it, you are probably barking up the wrong tree…


I live in a town where people spend 20 years scratching and clawing to get to the top of the wall, and usually they don’t like the view …


Listen to yourself.


I think you do things because you are idealistic enough to think you can make a difference in the world. I think you should be a dreamer. I think you should try to make the world a better place. I think you should slay dragons.”


Done Chasing Fame: I immediately decided I was done with daily youtube uploads.

You see, several months back, I received the first of many snaps with my face on a giant tv screen.

It was Friday night. And these people were not watching HBO. They weren’t watching NBC. They weren’t watching Netflix.

They were having a Mike Vacanti Vlog marathon with popcorn and protein shakes and blankets and my stupid face on a 70 inch flat screen.

Erect would be an understatement.

I have been uploading for the wrong reasons

“Reach” and “impact” and “help people” are all altruistic enough words, but my daily youtube uploading of mediocre video content is fame whoring to nth degree. It is a desire to fill a void with likes and views and being recognized in public.

My gut tells me that isn’t how deep-rooted issues are filled 😉

So, I am taking my foot off the youtube gas for a minute.


Need To Revisit My WHY: Yeah, I know, my work does help people.

And that feels good. And watching a client have life-changing mental break-throughs really does fill me up with meaning.

But I think I can do more. I think I’m supposed to do more.

Currently, a frightening percentage of my motivation is for money I don’t need and validation that can’t be enough.

I did have a silver lining takeaway while watching a horrible documentary…


The Movie Fed Up Is Shit: This film is littered with nonsense – from poorly constructed arguments to outright lies.

The producer’s problem with the food industry is valid.

But pinning obesity solely on sugar (while implying that calories are irrelevant) and suggesting the federal government be our ticket out of this problem are both head-shakingly bad.

More analysis to come in a full post.

Silver Lining: the movie sparked thoughts about helping kids with fitness stuff.


To Fix Obesity You Start With Kids: Using big government to take away freedom to fix our problems for us?

Uh, yeah, that’s called a dictatorship.

Don’t worry Mike… Big Brother knows best. No more Ben & Jerry’s for you. Forget working it into your macros as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle including strength training, sleep, and proper recovery – we shall ban it!!

I have a better idea:

Inform kids. Change the mindset of kids. Make fitness cool for kids.

I need to think more about what I can do here, but I’m excited.

Changing gears…


The internet kinda sucks: Don’t get me wrong. It’s also unbelievable: All of the information that ever existed, video chatting with people around the world and the ability to make a living online.

But the psychology of many popular platforms promote excessive consumption, and one could argue, addiction to that consumption.

You already know I hate most consumption.

But when you sprinkle in all the radical rabbit holes, there is a lot of completely fucked content – race wars, gender wars, and other enormous negativity that can suffocate the fire in your soul.

A week without social media made me not miss a lot of social media (cliche, I know).


I kinda stopped reading books recently: Not because I don’t like reading.

I feel guilty reading books.

In fact, I feel guilty doing anything that doesn’t grow my business.

That’s terrifying.

I’m glad I shook that. I love reading books.


All Attention Is Not Equal: An organic video view on youtube is vastly different from an organic page view on this site.

People find articles primarily via:

  • SEO (seeking out exactly what I wrote through search)
  • SHARE (receive recommendation from a facebook friend i.e. probably likeminded person)

“New audience” on youtube is more often than not an angry teenage boy alone in his parent’s basement addicted to the screen in front of his face clicking video after video based on the hyperbole of the title or sex appeal of the thumbnail.

It’s important to make that distinction.


Q3 & Q4 Goals

I have a few things I’m going to do. A goal related to my own strength training, a business related goal, a wake-up-on-the-beach goal, and a philanthropy goal.

But my 5th goal leaves this list vague and boring: I am going to scale back on sharing personal content.

People love honesty and authenticity. It’s why I’ve been able to build a brand so quickly – I provide great content fitness content but I layer it with vulnerable details about who I actually am.

I’m slowly seeing some downsides to this – like 1% of 1% of the shit real celebrities deal with. And I have no interest in swallowing the downside so I can take a selfie with a stranger who recognizes me walking out of chipotle.


Let me leave you with one final story…

Mike Matthews and I had a conversation a few months back.

I was busting his balls about a complete lack of social media execution.

But guess what… that dude has garnered massive attention and he doesn’t even have snapchat.

He focuses on his one thing – writing.

I’m a writer.



  • Product will be launched
  • Moving somewhere
  • Done uploading daily on youtube
  • Gonna help kids somehow

As always, love comments from you guys who read my posts.

It means the world you care what I have to say.


Comments for This Entry

  • Roy Nájar

    You are the best Mike... Keep it up!

    June 26, 2016 at 2:51 am | Reply to this comment

  • Leora

    This is phenomenal. Being completely honest with yourself is one of the hardest things to do.

    June 26, 2016 at 8:57 am | Reply to this comment

  • Rachel Scott

    When I started reading this I was kind of disappointed-- I've been watching the daily vlogs for motivation in the morning before work. But truthfully, I think you're doing exactly the right thing. Even if they're helping people, if your own motivations are in the wrong place than you're just gonna feel emptier and emptier. Repurpose that time for other important things. And definitely keep up with your ideas about helping kids!

    June 26, 2016 at 9:20 am | Reply to this comment

  • Rachel Balota

    Can't say I haven't missed your snaps, but it sounds like you've got an awesome rest of 2016 ahead, and I especially can't wait to see what you come up with for helping kids re obesity. You make me want to be a better human. :)

    June 26, 2016 at 10:07 am | Reply to this comment

  • Anneri

    I am glad you are taking time for yourself Mike! You have a few 'life-changing' events happening now, and it may feel like you are at the bottom of a big wave right now, being tumbled in the surf. Your new focus will become clear if you let it happen over time, follow your intuition like you always do. Stay strong like the Gryffindor you are! :-)

    June 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Kerry

    I mean this in the most non-ego-stroking way, very impressive post! I'm sure this wasn't an easy decision to make. Good for you for doing a little soul searching. Interested to see what you come up with to help kids.

    June 26, 2016 at 4:23 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Carter

    Awesome article Mike! Seeing someone like you who has such a strong desire to execute on personal goals and desires motivates the heck out of me! P.S. thanks for being a positive model for me and for your help these past few months :D

    June 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Nichole

    Take time for yourself! And I totally agree with the kid stuff, nutrition, activity level, and body image are always on my mind.

    June 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Arionna

    Was wondering where you had gone and thought maybe something like this had happened. Well, I'll miss your daily uploads but what you're saying here rings of truth. By the way, how did you get to be such a great writer?

    June 27, 2016 at 4:21 am | Reply to this comment

  • Nicole

    Yes, yes, and YES. It's a difficult conversation to have with yourself, but necessary. I think a lot of people who are trying to grow a business have this conflict.

    June 27, 2016 at 8:00 am | Reply to this comment

  • Alex

    Mike, this was a great article. Thank you for sharing and being so honest!

    June 27, 2016 at 8:24 am | Reply to this comment

  • Erin

    As always Mike awesome blog post. Wishing you the best of luck. I have no doubt you will be successful. Thank you for sharing all your fitness and nutrition knowledge. Have learned a ton.

    June 27, 2016 at 9:48 am | Reply to this comment

  • Rick

    Not only have your videos provided me with motivation for keeping up with my fitness goals, following your journey has really inspired me to find my passion and hopefully to one day make a living doing it. It is awesome to able to see you make a living through your passion and make the necessary adjustments so you don't lose what is important.

    June 27, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Quan

    I'll miss the daily uploads. Nobody does vlogs as raw and honest as you do nowadays. You kept your videos short, simple, and chock full of value.

    June 27, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Reply to this comment

    • Dianne

      From a selfish viewpoint Im really missing your daily uploads and snaps, like others have said, they are a great "start of day motivator". Your willingness to share your vulnerabilities is a great strength, but I can understand how hard it can make things for you day to day. Im in the UK, and this past week the news has been full of doom and gloom following the Brexit referendum, and the one thing that got me through that negativity was a comment you made about the negative bias of news stories. How unhelpful and energy sapping they are, so your videos, blogs, snaps and positivity has helped me see past the hype. Thanks Mike.

      June 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Jonah Vella

    Mike, great post! I agree with a lot of what you said - especially how the internet sucks, but we fucking love it anyways because we know how many things we can do with it. I super like, and agree with what you said about helping kids. People are always looking for an excuse, so they choose to blame the government for their health too. I disagree with what you said about daily videos on YouTube. I mean, I can't disagree with what you feel about it, because that's all you. BUT, I disagree about the daily videos only being for YOU and not the audience. Speaking from my perspective, I love watching every video you post because it fills me with motivation, I can relate to what you say a lot, and I learn a lot of things along the way. I also don't consider myself to be a "fan" who would stop you for a selfie and scream your name from across the road, but I would stop and say hi, introduce myself and try to have a conversation with you. So yes, a lot of people on YouTube will be a bunch of kids (or grown ups) with nothing better to do, but then you will find people like me, who not only enjoy your content, but learn a lot too. I find it so valuable that I am constantly asking myself what I could do to help YOU. Thought I'd share my thoughts with you. Sorry it's so long lol. Take care. Jonah

    June 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Susan

    This was touching and inspiring on so many levels. You are going to do great. Thanks so much for sharing. Means so much

    June 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Joshua Meyers

    As someone who's followed you for awhile, this is a great/bittersweet post to read! Less of you for us, more of you for what you should be doing. Enjoy, man! Rooting for you.

    June 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Lisa

    Mike, NO DOUBT we care about what you say! I couldn't be happier for you and the 5 goals you're working toward. I wondered why you were vlogging more and not writing more. So glad you got in touch with your soul again, my friend, you have such a good one. You will help people the most by focusing on your gifts and talents. This post is such a great gift to those of us searching to follow our true selves. Thank you Mike!! :)

    June 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Michelle

    Such a relatable post for me and it has encouraged me to take a step back and analyze what I spend my time on. As for helping kids, I'm 100% in agreement with you. My heart aches when I see obese children and growing up as the fat (not obese) kid in school, I know exactly how they feel. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. As always, I love how you keep it real with your audience.

    June 27, 2016 at 2:51 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Romeo

    GREAT post Mike, yooooo I feel the same way, currently working towards becoming a PE teacher in California for a normal type of life (9-5) after the Marine Corps (which might be sooner than I hope) with the intent of educating the youth on nutrition. Im thinking middle schoolers for the sake of being able to mold and mentor. We shall see where life takes me and where it takes you huh Mike?! Stay motivated and remember HTDLHPD.

    June 27, 2016 at 2:56 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Frank

    ???? I have so much time for this post. As a fellow fitpro (from across the pond) going through scarily similar thoughts, processes and decisions as yourself it is refreshing to hear this kinda chat! ?? I figure we already have our WHY in us somewhere Keep nailing it mate and if your new found freedom ever brings you to london come say hi ????

    June 27, 2016 at 3:01 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Alexa White

    This is a good thing! You can't grow as a person if you're too focused on growing your business and leave no time for you.

    June 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Rose

    Mike- Best of luck in your future endeavors. I look forward to seeing what you are doing in the future. I am sure it will be great.

    June 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Lisa He

    I’m a firm believer in that to make a great impact on the world, you must first start with taking good care of yourself, or else you can not offer the world your full potential. Sure, some of us have talent and can grind our way to the top but I think it’ll be missing the extra “oomph”. To me, that means taking some time to do things not for the sake of anything/one else-- purely for the sake of enjoyment for YOU. Living life without your own mind nagging at you to deal with the ‘productive’ stuff instead of what you’re doing now. Much like some aspects of fitness, these are activities that I consider “life progress” even though the benefit isn’t immediately/easily measureable. I went through a period where I did not read (which I LOVE), hangout with friends purely for fun, cook for a group, or have a great relaxing evening just doing NOTHING on the couch w/ BF watching reruns of SuperNatural. I ALWAYS had to be doing something productive. Stuff-- like the floor needs to be mopped, kitchen can be cleaned, garbage taken out now, more cookies to decorate, food to prep for later, studying for my next project management credential so I can make more $$. There is never enough time to do all these things, and I feel like sometimes (even now) that if I’m not working my ass off at work and working out hard and eating well and making enough cookies and taking the dogs out and cleaning and food prepping … I am not “winning”. Funny enough, it’s my parents (immigrants, hard ass workers who came here so I can have a better life) are the ones who really took notice (even though they don’t even live with me and I see them a few times a year now) and said I need to find more “balance” in my life—make time to do things that I ENJOY… because life is short, and we have short term goal, long term goals. But one of those goals that should never go away is the desire to ENJOY with some awesome people. And sometimes that means a scheduling a break or going away for reflection, sort of like what you did, to reasses. Ok that was sort of long. And may not have made 100% sense . TLDR – do things that you enjoy even if it feels like you’re not being productive…. Cuz that’s life progress that’s not really measurable. Nourish the soul? Corny? Cheesy?

    June 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Tyler Davison

    Great article, Mike!

    June 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Lisa He

    ewwwwwwww no spacing on that previous comment, sorry! I had all the paragraphs spaced out and such, but it didn't take when the comment posted. So awful to look at.

    June 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Liam

    I was wondering why the Youtube had stopped and this makes perfect sense, educating and inspiring kids would really pay off and it seems like a direction you'd be great for Mike. I like the way you're constantly re evaluating, no need to keep on with something if it doesn't serve you, kill it.

    June 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm | Reply to this comment

  • JustG

    I'm excited for you. Love this direction. Just the other day, I left a comment on a friend's post about some device that has been made to suck food out of your stomach (trust me, I didn't read the article) that I wished they'd used whatever amount of money and resources for this garbage into informing children from a young age on nutrition. You already got my two under your wing, from teaching me :).

    June 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Karen

    Mike, I have to admit I was wondering where you have been I always looked forward to your YouTube video. I have taken away a lot of positive from them. BUT....Let me say good for you for being honest with yourself. It's awesome that you want to help kids and its needed. Go For It Mike! You have a huge heart. - Karen

    June 27, 2016 at 6:59 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Dennis

    Hey Mike, I gotta say this: What you write, what your goals are, and mostly the things you tend to think about are very like the things I think. Just that you do everything with a much bigger level of execution, which is good. I also think I am "supposed to" do more things and more meaningful things. I also feel like I want the things I want for the same reasons, which sadly does not change just because I know it. In any case, more to your issues, here are some thoughts that might help you. I don´t think this fear of just being attracted to this kind of fame (likes, comments, etc.) will ever go away. Imagine you become be through just writing. Then you don´t have a Youtube to blame. And making more money is not a bad driver by itself, if you use that in a way that makes you feel more meaningful. You already briefly mentioned philantrophy... I think you have these typical doubts, that emotionally intelligent, idealistic people often have. You want a certain quality of output, so you work on things until you can get that. And this can be paralyzing at times, I believe. In any case, I wanna close with some words of encouragement. I really appreciate your honesty and realness. And people do, too, you know that. Be grateful for that, because that is special. I wish you all the best! Greetings from Hamburg, Germany! Dennis

    June 27, 2016 at 7:23 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Mike Hirst

    Wow, this is exactly how I've felt about social media over the last few years. I've had a total aversion to posting anywhere and just want to focus on writing and making my music (neither of which has happened lately as my web design business has taken over my life). Keep being true to yourself. I absolutely respect that.

    June 27, 2016 at 7:36 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Steve

    Mike, Keep listening to that voice inside. I'm in the middle of changing careers myself, and it's stuff like this that keeps me motivated. You've definitely got your head on straight and know when to change. Keep up the good work brother!

    June 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Stijn

    How much higher quality are these comments compared to the ones on yotube anyway! Thanks for being honest mate!

    June 27, 2016 at 8:27 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Chad Gehring

    Love it man. Struggled with obesity growing up as a kid, got cut my freshman year from the JV soccer team. Busted my ass and came back the next 3 years as unsung hero and all state two years as varsity. Educating kids is once thing. But breaking the minds of the adults that are uneducated or think counting macros or calories is obsessive needs to be part of the solution. Definitely a goal of mine as well brother. Keep grindin

    June 28, 2016 at 12:31 am | Reply to this comment

  • Alana T.

    Please keep writing.

    June 28, 2016 at 12:42 am | Reply to this comment

  • Alan Miranda

    Cool Big Mike, u still rock! I guess i found out the answer about you snapchatting less frequent ha ha. Looking forward for the new content. Ps: If you ever do a mentorship program, i'm ON! Cheers man.

    June 28, 2016 at 1:13 am | Reply to this comment

  • Yakir Hyman

    Hey Mike, my wife and I have loved watching your videos and snaps. Your positivity is infectious. We've gained a lot from following you and look forward to keeping with you, whatever the platform or frequency. You are already helping so many people :)

    June 28, 2016 at 5:54 am | Reply to this comment

  • Michele Sanborn

    I never post comments but felt compelled to after reading this. I "found" you only fairly recently (driven to search you out after seeing the video you made about the importance of strength-training when older) but in that short time you have inspired me to make very positive changes in my life. I am happy that you are returning more to writing, as that is the medium I most enjoy and I think you are an excellent writer. I am looking forward to seeing where life takes you. I hope that I will still be able to "hear" your voice, thoughts, and advice through whatever platform best serves you.

    June 28, 2016 at 6:53 am | Reply to this comment

  • Bogdan K

    Good post Mike, do what comes naturally to you. Your content was valuable and enjoyable.

    June 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Lyra

    Exactly my thoughts and why I haven't pushed too hard on my own blog. I don't want it to own me. You are a superb writer, Mike, and even if I never employ any of your advice, I will always enjoy reading it.

    June 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Joey

    This is good stuff. Missed your insight via snap chat week but glad to know a fellow fitness professional has a very similar viewpoint. Thanks for the post and for doing what you're doing.

    June 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Richard Arblaster

    Great Post Mike, I wondered where you'd disappeared to. I'm going miss your daily vlogs and snaps. Always do what pleases you and not others.

    June 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Gabriela

    Thanks for sharing Mike. Even if it isn't daily, and I didn't watch your daily stuff daily (if that makes sense), I still enjoyed the content and the personal touch. Some of it we can relate to and some we just know you better. I hope you still share to some extent. I've enjoyed and made progress with your videos and your articles which I appreciate. I also never leave comments on posts, but here it is. Feeding the very thing you're trying to minimize :)

    June 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Dee Sicklesteel

    I wondered where you went! Good post. Don't forget to do you. Lots to ponder here as more of my people turn to me for help. I'm no guru, I just love researching diet and nutrition. I help where I can and post links to yours and others stuff to back up what I'm saying. I get backing off, bit please keep posting educational stuff for those of us looking for real information for real people. That shit is gold. You rock.

    June 28, 2016 at 12:53 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Mike Szczesniak

    Love it bro! Sometimes it's tough to take a step back and honestly reassess... Respect! It's definitely a bummer that you'll be scaling down on some of the personal content, but I totally understand why you're doing it. Thanks for everything.

    June 28, 2016 at 12:59 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Mimi

    Stuart Wilde in his writings offers an image of little people struggling and falling back. I imagine all of us in one of my mom's stainless steel mixing bowls. Silly struggle, ego trips. And FB makes me angry -- except for a couple of bear rehab and photo folks! My relatives ganged up at Yosemite going on about family life. I want to throw up, as they ignore me completely. You know that old joke "Who is the greatest farmer in the land?" and the answer: "One who is out standing in his own field." You can have huge impact on your immediate circle. In your case, at-risk kids might be privileged soft-bodied white kids whose parents both work! If you aren't putting a ring on some lady's finger and starting your own family, then minister to other people's kids as they are in a sense your kids, too. Oftentimes, people who are hugely successful in one area are shockingly dumb in another! Read, pray, meditate and learn about the whole world. Your eating may be enlightened, but what do you know about opera? Costa Rica? The wool industry? Can you pronounce apartheid correctly? All you really have to do, dear Mike, is be yourself! Much love. . .

    June 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Morgan Hall

    Great content. You are my favorite first and foremost because you equally get my Harry Potter love. Second - You care. You genuinely care. Yes, you are guilty of getting caught up in the glamour of what you do...BUT..you are also realizing how important it is to stay humble. Thanks for all that you do! PS. if I see you out at Chipotle we are totally taking a picture..

    June 28, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Jane

    Appreciate hearing about the new plan. Good to focus on kids but kind of disappointed since your focus changes away from adults. It's complicated and may have ALOT more biology behind it rather than personal/family choices--epigenetics, etc Good luck.

    June 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Nick

    First. Thank you. Just always wanted to tell you that but didn't know the appropriate way. Secondly this article is beautifully written and I couldn't agree more with you words. You have my support.

    June 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Phoenix

    I'm going to be totally honest, this is the first time I've ever read one of your blogs. I've mostly seen you via Gary's work. I'm really pleased I did read it. You certainly sound like you've had an unpresidented amount of growth in the last 2 years. I wonder if being so close to Gary your experience, views and actions with social is influenced your extreme actions and 'consumption' and 'additiction'. I really appreciate you putting these thoughts out, so often I read (and of course a shit ton of this comes from Gary, someone I see as a virtual mentor) that you HAVE to go hard and grab attention. But, I've been concerned with how much of a 'sell out' in going to become. I want to make sure that balance and being me isn't compromised in my made passion to distrupt the fitness industry. I know I can help, and I can an insane amount about the people I meet and work with. I work for world wide awareness and domination like some of the chicks I seen (not mentioning any names), but not for me, for everyone else. This article has assured me that not being real to me and honest with myself and forcing myself to use snapchat when I really don't want to, doesn't mean I'll be a failure. Thank you Mike :) Phoenix

    June 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Heather

    I love that you did one of the hardest things you can with yourself. Being honest and pursuing what you want and need. Great work Mike! Your weekly post is one of my highlights of the week.

    June 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Michael

    Mike: Great stuff. Inspirational. Keep being true to yourself. You wear your heart on your sleeve and that is something that most people are uncomfortable doing. It's not easy being completely truthful. Thank you and keep it up! #FightOn!

    June 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Cindy Pal

    A detox from technology can do wonders for your mental health! Glad to see where it's taking you and to hear how you're readjusting your focus. You are leaving bread crumbs of knowledge, wisdom, and chutzpah with all the content you already have out and what you've done with your life. Can't wait to see/hear about what is next for you. xo

    June 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Deb

    Definitely keep writing! Your post "dear Lisa, Don't Quit" really hit home for me as the scale stuck on a number. This week, lo and behold, scale is the same but clothes are suddenly loose. Just one of many posts that have provided inspiration/encouragement, and been shared with friends. Thanks! - Keep writing!!!

    June 28, 2016 at 3:23 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Rebecca B

    You are a great writer. I found you through youtube, but I dont have time to watch Youtube everyday. No one can fault you on your honesty. Thanks for all you do.

    June 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Adam

    Won't say I'm not going to miss those daily uploads Mike... But I completely understand your why and applaud you for going after what really matters to you. Thanks for the content and I look forward to continuing to follow your journey ?

    June 28, 2016 at 3:59 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Marcos Hernández Rodríguez

    Heyyy. You identify with 'writing'. Thats great. Identity is important. Also, i want you to recommend a book: "Status Anxiety" by Alain de Botton. Read at least the back of it, and tell me what you think.

    June 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm | Reply to this comment

  • MsSangD

    Hi Mike! Super great article and thank you for sharing such a pivotal part in your life and business. I am glad you are finding clarity in your purpose and you realize when a shift is needed. Kudos to you and look forward to your future adventures. :-)

    June 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Paula

    Wow, that was an interesting read. And I congratulate you for being true to yourself first and foremost. I love your writing, I love your 'quality' 'produced' videos. I love that you are brave and follow your path. After all isn't that what you encourage your 'viewers' to do.

    June 28, 2016 at 5:52 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Christena

    Good for you Mike! I actually have in the last 6 weeks or so kinda stopped following you on snapchat and youtube....not because I dont enjoy listening to what you have to say but because I didnt always feel what you were putting out there was A. Helpful to me and my goals or B. Really truthful to what some of your beginning videos expressed. I loved the why fitness matters video and some of your other videos as well...but others were perhaps coming from a place that maybe gave me a quick laugh or passing thought....but were not particularly impactful. These also have their place to some extent ....but you're better than that mike. ☺ So...I guess I'm saying I agree. You can, so go forward and do. You've got this Mikey V. ?

    June 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Ashley Q

    Great post. As much as I've missed you the past week, I love the reassessment and self exploration. This shits gotta come from the heart. I don't think us, as an audience, can be fulfilled if you're not. Can't wait to see what's coming :)

    June 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Charlotte

    Bingo! "The Homeland Generation" needs you.

    June 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Chelsi

    I love this so much. Go you ! You're such an inspiration to people, & especially me. I am so glad I found your blog. You have an awesome soul and great passion and that is what more people need in their life & it's what the world needs more of! Good luck with your goals, you will do it ! :)

    June 28, 2016 at 11:20 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Marion

    this is what makes people follow you, great posts, and you are real, <3

    June 29, 2016 at 1:00 am | Reply to this comment

  • Wanda C

    Podcasts bring value to my life and I would definately listen to your podcast :)

    June 29, 2016 at 1:42 am | Reply to this comment

  • Juan

    You have and will continue to add value to one's perspective, vision & life goals. Continue to share your knowledge & experience!!

    June 29, 2016 at 2:38 am | Reply to this comment

  • Dima.T

    I applaud your bravery to take such a decision, although I am sure a lot of people including myself will miss equals and alternatives ! BUT self exploration and assessment is crucial and mastering it is not an easy task. The post's conclusion is basically why we love you !

    June 29, 2016 at 3:53 am | Reply to this comment

  • Agathor

    Probably my favourite article of yours. I love that you're always trying to improve yourself and don't let yourself become someone you don't want to be. Introspection is important, being honest is important. You're also showing people that looking like you "have it all" is not a thing and it's fundamental, helpful and brave. So well done Mike and thank you.

    June 29, 2016 at 5:20 am | Reply to this comment

  • Georgie

    Mike- This was a great, but terrible post, all at once. I have a lot of feelings about this, like how will I get through my first/ last 5 mins of shitty cardio without Mike's daily uploads? I shudder to think. I will say however, that, whilst I am sad, I'm happy you've reached this decision (for the sake of your own potential burnout- You kill it everyday especially with the daily uploads), and I hope it makes you happier. I'll miss the excellent, extremely helpful and highly motivational content; but you are right about social media- Terribly draining and for the 5% good, there is 95% crap out there too. Thanks for reading my rant, and the internet will be less awesome without your constant content :D

    June 29, 2016 at 7:15 am | Reply to this comment

  • Christian Forbes

    Always support you Mike :)

    June 29, 2016 at 8:50 am | Reply to this comment

  • Theresa

    Thank you. I felt like I was reading my own thoughts here... as an aspiring wellness entrepreneur I find overwhelmingly exhausting and utterly soul-crushing to hear that you must post content regardless of it's meaning to engage your audiences and keep people interested, as fitpreneurs are a dime a dozen these days. I refuse to sacrifice my authenticity to make a buck and maybe it'll take longer to reach my goals but at least I am not losing my soul in the process. Thanks again for keeping it real, I love what you do and find inspiration in you!

    June 29, 2016 at 11:30 am | Reply to this comment

  • Jan Wilson

    Love this. I am going to be eagerly awaiting what you do with kids. This is a subject that has given me a lot of worry and anxiety with one of my own lately. I can't wait to hear your thoughts Mike. ❤️

    June 29, 2016 at 11:39 am | Reply to this comment

  • Niccole

    I think what you're doing is great! Of course I'll miss the daily youtube posts, but you have to do what's inline with your goals. As far as working with kids, I think that is a great place to start! It's why I started working with the kids club at the gym I work at. My goal there is to teach these kids and get them moving!! Awesome goals buddy! Awesome goals!

    June 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Alex

    This is so great Mike! The fact that you're sharing your self awareness in this way is so important, normalizing self assessment is crucial. Thank you, love your work, love your content.

    June 29, 2016 at 10:17 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Lily

    So crazy.....2 days ago my boyfriend and I were talking about how kids need more guidance with health and fitness because they aren't getting it from their parents and it starts with the kids! I think there should be some sort of education implemented in the school system for kids to learn about eating healthy and fitness so they don't go through obesity and bullying and can feel confident and strong!

    June 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Hanson Le

    I love how to took a step back and really self reflected on your actions, seeing if it really aligned with your purpose or goal. I think you did the right choice by correcting your path and trying something different. Love all you do man. You are a constant motivation to me in my fitness/business/life journey. Thanks for all you do.

    June 30, 2016 at 8:08 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Lisa

    Hey Mike, I just wanted to share something that reminded me of what it's all about. I think you'll agree. "You are who you are today, because of the choices you made in life through last night. You create your own life one choice at a time. You choose, every single day, as to how you will live your life. And there is always a choice, an option, or a way to change your life if you aren't happy. The pushback on all of this is always, "But I don't know what choice to make, so I don't make any." You do know the choices to make to change your life, it's that people who believe themselves to be trapped by life seldom want to make the decisions that are hard or seem painful. You are trapped in a job you hate, but won't do the work to change who you are so you can move on. You are trapped in a relationship that is killing both of you, but you blame others for your inability to make a decision that will ultimately lead to a better life for all of you. No matter what the circumstances, it will always come back to you and your ability to choose life or to choose a lesser version of you and how you live each day. Yes, some decisions are more difficult than others, but every decision comes down to your choice, your life and how you want to lead it, no matter what you tell yourself or others. And remember that every decision counts and leads to what kind of life do you want to live? Ten years from now, if someone asked you, "What did it mean to be you?" would you be able to answer that yes, you did live life on your terms, or will you simply be 10 years older and still afraid of making the decisions that could set you free?" -Thomas Plummer ("You live and learn..." -Clint Black) ;)

    July 1, 2016 at 2:06 am | Reply to this comment

  • Kat

    This is awesome! Gotta say that I did miss your Snaps, but it sounds like you did some much needed soul searching. As you know, I can relate to having to take a step back and make big decisions that are best for YOU, and not so much listen to what everyone else says. Good for you--you'll be happier for it! :)

    July 1, 2016 at 4:24 am | Reply to this comment

  • gina sperry

    so glad you're sticking to writing (your videos are awesome) but your blogs are awesome-r (that's not even a word...).

    July 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Peter Marks

    Was missing you on youtube and snapchat and then read your blogpost. It makes me sad and I´ll miss your content in the future, but there is nothing more important than being true to yourself and doing what you love. I wish you luck in whatever you choose to do.

    July 4, 2016 at 7:45 am | Reply to this comment

  • Mac Thomas

    Mike "MegaVolt" Vacanti, you've inspired me to download and use snapchat again. Why? Well I didn't use it cause why would I just send nonsense and obnoxious clips for no reason? Then I read what you wrote about your evolution here. With your enlightenment and perspective, you helped me reverse engineer some dots. I had stinkin' thinkin'! It's a great tool for sending personal messages - encouragement, sympathy, resourceful persepective - to my friends that capture most of our human communication, minus the actual physical presence. Thank you for helping me mature. I'm grateful for Mike Vacanti.

    July 8, 2016 at 6:08 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Matt

    Great stuff, Mike! A fine living can be made just writing content on a blog and not using social media at all. I've seen many folks do it. And, of course, we all know fortunes have been made via 100% written products that keep the author's face and real personality obfuscated. I think the internet has gone a little too personal with all the branding stuff overall. The pendulum has swung too far, but it'll swing back again. Thanks for everything you do!

    July 18, 2016 at 4:12 am | Reply to this comment

  • Samantha Shorkey

    I'm so stoked to have randomly stumbled onto this post. I too am an online trainer and vegan nutrition coach but I studied Journalism and writing has always been my fave outreach platform. But more and more, I've been feeling the need (and stress) to go the YouTube route and get active on Snapchat and Periscope and whatever new social media app hits us next. But I don't want to! Writing is what makes ME happy and what I do best. So I've been fighting against it. And after reading this post, I'm feeling even more justified in giving the finger to the ever-growing social media takeover. Thanks for the inspiration and look forward to READING your future stuff :)

    September 20, 2016 at 3:59 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Kim Bee

    Read this inputting my oatmeal bowl macros! As always, your on point and did I say entertaining? Yup, always worth the read. Been feeling completely jaded with social media myself so was glad to read your take What is this "fame" status that seems to be a part of a persons self worth? Have you noticed how 70% of Instagram "fit girls" look that EXACT SAME. I don't want to be a stepford wife. Give me individuality. Let me inspire one and I'll be content. Thanks Mike :)

    September 27, 2016 at 8:29 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Kim Bee

    Ps closed my snap and definitely miss your snaps (if you're even on there anymore) lol... #teamnoelevators

    September 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm | Reply to this comment

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